PUC fiasco: Physics paper leaked now

BANGALORE: Close on the heels of PU Mathematics question paper leakage, Physics question paper was also leaked in various parts of the state on Thursday, forcing the Department of Pre-universi

Published: 23rd March 2012 04:49 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 06:41 PM   |  A+A-

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Youth Congress members protesting against the question paper leakage in Bangalore on Thursday | Suresh Nampoothiri

BANGALORE: Close on the heels of PU Mathematics question paper leakage, Physics question paper was also leaked in various parts of the state on Thursday, forcing the Department of Pre-university Education to reschedule the timetable for the remaining II PUC final examinations.

Announcing the revised timetable, Commissioner for PU Education Rashmi V said  Physics exam scheduled for Thursday was postponed to March 27. The Mathematics exam scheduled to be held on Tuesday was postponed to April 3.  The state government ordered a CID probe into the leakage of Mathematics and Physics question papers. Rashmi hinted that a tuition lobby was behind the recurring instances of question paper leaks.

The Department of PU Education ordered the immediate suspension of 14 government college lecturers for their roles in the leak of the Mathematics question paper. “A team was dispatched to Chintamani soon after the reports of question paper leaks reached us. These government college lecturers were teaching in private colleges and also taking tuition. The competition among tuition centres was such that these lecturers were selling question papers the day it was leaked,” said Rashmi.

Venkatadri PU College, Royal PU College, Pragmatic PU College (Chintamani) and Shantiniketan PU College (Chikaballapur) were disaffiliated for their alleged roles in the leakage.

Rashmi confirmed that Physics question paper was leaked near Yelahanka. However, she did not confirm the news of the English paper being leaked. “We have postponed English to March 29 as we felt that the old timetable was taxing on students,” she added.  Rashmi added that they followed all protocol. “How the leak happened and at what level is a matter of investigation. The police are  investigating.”

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